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After four long years, Green Day is back with Revolution Radio released Oct. 7.

In 2004 Green Day released their massive commercial success, American Idiot. The album was a concept album and called a punk rock opera. Due to the style of the album, it even received a musical reenactment of the story that takes place throughout the album. In 2009 they released their next studio album, 21st Century Breakdown. This album followed its predecessor, becoming another rock opera. Then in 2012 Green Day attempted something that would lead to the breakdown of lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong. Green Day released a trilogy of albums titled ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tre!. These albums came out in September, October and November respectively. The extreme work load that Armstrong put himself under writing three albums caused the quality of all three to be rather lacking. Before the albums were released Green Day was performing at a music festival, when Armstrong got so irritated he stopped the show midway, yelled at the shows promoters for cutting their act short, and then smashed his guitar before exiting the stage. Following this he began therapy for substance abuse. Since then he has become sober.

Revolution Radio is the first album released by Green Day that does not have any gimmicks to it. There is not trilogy, or rock opera aspects. They made the album simply about the music.

The album seems to be speaking the bands unhappiness with the world. The album speaks of gun violence, and police shootings among other things. There are so many things that the public is upset about and Green Day taps into that through this album.

Despite being the perfect time for their comeback, the album is rather mediocre. There are some songs that stand out and sound like Green Day, such as “Youngblood” and “Forever Now.” Then there are songs that are reminiscent of Green Day but sound like a grab for a pop hit such as “Outlaws” and “Ordinary World.” While these songs are decent enough, they do not sound like the Green Day that has been seen in the past. With songs such as those, the album has an overall mediocre sound.

The album also does not have it’s own “Basket Case” or “American Idiot.” The songs on this album make good commentary, as well as some very catchy and good songs, but it does not have a song that will be iconic. This is not to be confused with whether the singles are going to be hits, but the songs on this album do not have the lasting power, and relatability that songs from Dookie and American Idiot had.

Relatability is also something that the album chose to avoid in a way. Much of Dookie is more of an inner look at Armstrong and how he feels, but Radio focuses more on an outwardly look at frustrations in the world. An example of this is seen in the single “Bang Bang” which speaks about gun violence, which has become very prevalent this year.

Overall the album is rather mediocre and lacking of the normal voice of Green Day. Armstrong’s vocals remain powerful and the music is very catchy, but the writing of the album was very lackluster and fell just short of many fans expectations.

 

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